For the first six or so years of “The Big Bang Theory,” most of the talk surrounding the show was about enjoying it for what it was, or marveling at the fantastic ratings that it continued to bring in. Now, the questions are starting to morph into something very different. Specifically, we’re talking about “how much longer the show will last?” and if (insert “couple” here) will have significant progress before the end comes.
It’s understandable to question the show’s future at this point; seven seasons is really the end of pretty much all network TV contracts, and that is with an additional option thrown in there. Some complicated negotiations could be ahead for the cast, and while you could drop your jaw at the salaries these people make already, it’s what the market dictates. Johnny Galecki is one of these people who will be involved in these discussions, but the positive thing at the moment is that he ultimately does not see either himself or the show going away at any point in the near future.
During an on-set panel for members of the TV Academy, Galecki had the following to say, and it’s a comment that should give many longtime fans of the show some hope:
“When you hear something like season seven, that puts it in a very surreal perspective. Shows that get that opportunity are those iconic, legendary shows … Not to make any predictions whatsoever, but as far as the lifeline of most shows, the seventh year, you’re past the halfway mark. I personally don’t feel like we’ve told half the stories that these characters have to tell. It doesn’t feel to me like we’re halfway through. I’m certainly not done working with all of these people.”
Galecki has an exciting few weeks coming up on set, as his character Leonard will be dealing with the before and after of a boat trip. There are more and more stories still left to tell involving him and Penny, and the good news for the show’s longevity is that there is still so much to left to do with the characters.